Filipinos are known to be family-oriented and have always kept the family tradition to their hearts. In a Filipino household, children, adults and the elderly are living together under one roof and the elders play a vital role. Although most Filipinos try to live up to this expectation, some just can’t that lead to elderly abandonment in the Philippines. Just like the case of this elderly man with disability is struggling.
According to Inquirer.Net, Dr. Grace Cruz of the University of the Philippines’ Population Institute (UPPI) shared to one of her symposium the statistics from the UPPI’s 2007 Philippine Longitudinal Study of Aging (PLSOA). While the Philippine population remains very young, we find more and more senior citizens.
Moreover, she said that in 2010, those aged 60 or over constituted 6 percent of the total population or 4.5 million people. By 2025 senior citizens will account for 10 percent of the total population, or 11.8 million people, the UPPI estimates.
Speaking of elderly abandonment, one concerned netizen decided to take the issue to social media in hopes that there will be people and capable organizations that are able to help this elderly man with a disability on his way home.
With a lengthy explanation of the netizen posted on social media, he narrated that plight of an old and injured man named Abraham whose struggling to live by himself in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. Attached to the lengthy post are a couple of photos and video clips of Abraham and where he usually stays.
Read the caption below:
As of writing, the post earned 1K reactions, 795 comments, and 3.2K shares.
Elderly abandonment still exists and one of the many reasons why chaos happens in the household and ended in broken families. It is indeed heartbreaking to see photos and videos of the elderly being abandoned and being spread throughout various social media platforms.
The Philippine government has tried to exhaust any type of efforts to help lessen this problem. They issued a twenty-percent discount for medications, hospitalizations, groceries, eating in fast food chains and restaurants, basically anything that involves the elderly. They even have special areas for senior citizens in buses, trains or even exclusive lines to pay for goods at the store.
But all this problem always goes back to the root of it all, poverty. A radical change in perspective, people, belief, culture, and the society is the key!
Watch the plight of this elderly man with a disability below: